During last southern winter there were a few rain falls in the Atacama Desert. This happens only every 4-8 years and is related to the El Niño cycle. As a result the desert had a remarkable blooming this year. It was a bit later than usual, since there were a few weeks of lower than usual temperature. I went twice, once in the beginning of October and again at the end of October, when finally the famous red flower “Garra de Leon” was in full bloom. You can see more photos in the Desierto Florido gallery.
There are also some new photos in the galleries: Atacama Desert Flowers and Cactus of Atacama.
Garra de Leon (Bomarea ovallei) in full bloom at the coast of Carrizal
Hope you like the new images. For any comment, please drop me a note on my email or on Instagram @atacamaphoto